WSU Undergraduate Research Heats Up while Students Cool Down Computers


By Jared Brickman, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

PULLMAN, Wash. — Behind the quiet whir of our computers and beneath the flashing screens of our cell phones lies hardware soaking up power and giving off heat.  That can be a major problem – one to the tune of 100 billion kilowatt hours of energy used each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Ten undergraduates from around the country, including four from Washington State University, are working on projects this summer with WSU faculty and graduate students in Pullman to tackle the issue of power efficiency in computing through a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).

Grad student’s team wins Google hackathon award

July 2, 2014

By Kate Nelson, College of Engineering & Architecture intern

PULLMAN, Wash. – Computer science doctoral student Gabriel V. de la Cruz recently attended the 2014 Google Scholars Retreat, where his team won the Engineer’s Choice award in the Google Scholars Hackathon.

A hackathon is a computer programming competition in which teams have a limited amount of time to produce functional software. At the Google contest, teams could create any type of product, as long as it was related to one of two themes within computer science and education: “Develop and Teach” or “Engage and Support.”

Research could lead to dramatic data farm energy savings

July 1, 2014

By Tina Hilding, College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University has developed a wireless network on a computer chip that could reduce energy consumption at huge data farms by as much as 20 percent. Researchers led by Partha Pande, a computer engineering professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, have filed two patents on their wireless multicore chip design, which could also speed up data processing. The team, which includes associate professors Deukhyoun Heo and Benjamin Belzer, has a paper on their work in the May issue of ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems and is building a prototype.

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